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Todd Akin Makes Dumb Comments About Equal Pay: “It’s About Freedom”

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  • Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican’s gift that keeps on giving, has now bungled comments about equal pay and why he voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. (You can read my 2010 interview with Ledbetter here to learn more about it.) Akin was asked by an audience member — a man, actually! — at a town hall meeting, “You voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Why do you think it is okay for a woman to be paid less for doing the same work as a man?” His response didn’t actually answer the question (no surprise there) but at least he didn’t blame it on women this time:

    “Well, first of all, the premise of your question is that I’m making that particular distinction. I believe in free enterprise. I don’t think the government should be telling people what you pay and what you don’t pay. I think it’s about freedom. If someone wants to hire somebody and they agree on a salary, that’s fine, however it wants to work. So, the government sticking its nose into all kinds of things has gotten us into huge trouble.”

    You see, he wants the freedom to discriminate in pay if he thinks women deserve to be paid less than men. It’s not about sexism at all! It’s just about liberty. [Marie Claire]

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Feminism Is Dead And It’s Probably Your Fault

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Did you know that Pinterest is killing feminism? Yup, that website that you were really batshit crazy about back in May but haven’t really touched since is the reason why feminism lies in a crumpled heap at your feet. At least according to Buzzfeed, anyway. But! Not so fast! It’s not just a website where people post pictures of impossibly difficult to make DIY home projects, expensive shoes, and sinful chocolate desserts that’s responsible for feminism’s impending demise. There’s a whole list of offending things that are shoving the knife deeper in feminism’s weak, arthritic back. Shall we go to the Googles? Keep reading »

The Next Time Someone Wonders If Feminism Is Even Relevant, I’ll Direct Them To This T-Shirt

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Just now, as I was walking to get lunch, I spied a guy with a beautiful huge husky dog walking down 5th Avenue. Because I’m a total dog perv, I was checking the pup out, and then I looked up at the guy, and realized he was wearing what I thought was a Hello Kitty shirt. How cute, I thought. But then I looked closer: It said “Hello Titty.” And no, this guy wasn’t some overgrown frat boy just out of high school — this was a solidly middle-aged man, wearing a ridiculous Hello Kitty parody shirt. This is fucked up for a number of reasons — the fact that Hello Kitty is fairly well marketed to young girls and women, to start. But also? This guy should be ashamed of wearing something so ridiculously sexist and inappropriate in public (and also, not very clever). So yes, feminism, meet (one of) your (many) reasons to exist.

Hyundai Netherlands’ “Upskirt” Commercial Is Very Lazy/European

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NSFW: Hyundai Netherlands' "Upskirt" Commercial

Oh, Europeans. Here’s a new commercial from Hyundai Netherlands for their Sante Fe vehicle. The ad is creepily called “Upskirt” and definitely pushes the boundaries of what you can do to sell cars here in the United States. The premise is about as unoriginal as any other car commercial: sexy ladies swooning over a new car. But in this ad, it’s an ice cream-meltingly hot day, the ladies are sexily dampened with sweat and not wearing a bra under an opaque blouse (because we do that — right, ladies?).  Sex sells here too, but it’s oftentimes sold in innuendo or pun form. Hyundai Netherlands, however, goes whole (horny) hog with gratuitous hard nipples and a blowing-in-the-wind upskirt panties shot. Keep reading »

Sikh Woman Stands Up To Online Bullying About Her Facial Hair (And Gets Apology)

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  • Recently, a Sikh woman named Balpreet Kaur learned a photo of herself  had been posted on the “Funny” section of the website Reddit, where users mocked her facial hair, outfit and turban.  So she actually joined the comment thread to respond directly to the bullies to explain to them what’s what. “I realize that my gender is often confused and I look different than most women,” Kaur wrote. “However, baptized Sikhs believe in the sacredness of this body – it is a gift that has been given to us by the Divine Being (which is genderless, actually) and must keep it intact as a submission to the divine will.” And then the sincere apologies came. You mean to tell me something nice happened on the Internet?!?!  [Guardian UK]
  • Female editors-in-chief earn $15K less on average than men do, according to a compensation study from Folio magazine. [The Atlantic Wire] Keep reading »

“Edit-a-thon” On Wikipedia Targets Crappy Entries About Women In Science

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  • The Royal Society, a prestigious science group in the UK, will host a Wikipedia “edit-a-thon” on October 19 and encourages smart peeps to contribute to Wiki pages about women in the sciences. A Royal Society Fellow proposed the idea after learning that the average person who edits Wikipedia is a 26-year-old man. [Daily Dot]
  • A foundation has purchased the Wichita, Kansas, building in which Dr. George Tiller — who as murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in May 2009 — provided abortions. The Trust Women Foundation says it plans to re-establish abortion providers within the clinic. The clinic has been closed since June 2009 following the murder. [Kansas.com]
  • Out lesbian Nena Cook is running for the Oregon Supreme Court. (That means you should read this story, Winona and other Portland-ers!) [Just Out] Keep reading »
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